Priska Neely

Senior Early Childhood Reporter

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Priska Neely covers issues facing children 0-5 and those who care for them, and the policies and research that shape early childhood.

She co-reported Broke: Why more California families are becoming homeless, which won the award for best radio documentary from the Radio & Television News Association of Southern California. She joined the station in 2015, as KPCC’s arts education reporter. Prior to that, Priska was at NPR for “Weekend All Things Considered” and “Talk of the Nation.”

Priska was born and raised in Silver Spring, Maryland, where she spent her first five years in her mom’s home day care. She studied journalism at New York University.

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Stories by Priska Neely

Are you missing out on 'free money'?

Gov. Jerry Brown has declared this week California Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Week. Many who are eligible don't know about the program.

These LA billboards are advertising a crisis

Turning an iconic L.A. image on its head, more than a dozen billboards around the city feature the Hollywood sign replaced with the word 'HOMELESS.'

Early educators learn why babies are the 'ideal' scientists

Teaching science and math to babies may seem like a daunting task, but for educators at Children's Center at CalTech, they are the perfect audience.

Legislators are paying attention to 4-year-olds

There are about half a million four-year-olds in California and lawmakers are thinking about them. Two bill have been introduced will goals to expand pre-K.

At this nature-based preschool, a rainy day is an opportunity

The first big rainstorm of 2018 didn't keep kids at the Child Educational Center indoors. It was an excuse to learn with mud and puddles.

California beefs up pool safety act in hopes of saving lives

The new law, which goes into effect Jan. 1, 2018, will require new or remodeled pools to have two drowning prevention features.

Your child development questions answered

It seems there’s a constant flood of new strategies for raising children. Here's some insight from four local child development experts.

This preschool dream is a nightmare for some neighbors

On a quiet street in Santa Monica, a teacher purchased a house with the goal of turning it into a non-profit business — a preschool. Many of the neighbors object.

Gardening on wheels: La Troka hits the streets

La Plaza de Cultura y Artes is taking its gardening workshops on the road with mobile classroom. La Troka made its first stop Wednesday.

A new school helps preschool teachers feel professional

Educare Long Beach is part of a model that aims to use high-quality preschools to improve outcomes for kids in low-income areas. Teacher training is a big component.

Benefits of preschool could save districts dollars

A study finds that participation in high-quality early childhood education increased graduation rates, and reduced special education placement and grade retention.

Training social workers to look out for baby – and mom

Social work interns training with the L.A. County Department of Children and Families Services are getting training to spot signs of maternal depression and anxiety.

It's getting even harder to hire preschool teachers

Wages for early educators are among the lowest of any profession, so turnover is usually high. California’s grade for 4-year-olds has exacerbated issues.

Big Bird and Elmo want to help kids process trauma

A third of young children in California have experienced trauma. The Sesame Workshop created a set of materials aimed to help kids feel safe and cope with sadness.

Kids' mobile screen time rates have tripled in four years

Kids under 8 spend an average of 48 minutes per day using mobile devices. Doctors think that's a bad idea — but most parents don't know that.